Last night was the night, the NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS. With every title on the line, Night of Champions is usually a sneaky good show, ranging somewhere between your money’s worth and a steal.
For those who missed the SummerSlam review, the criteria for these is simply: “Did I get my money’s worth?” in terms of the individual matches and the PPV as a whole, using the tried and true “what was this trying to do, and how well did it succeed” rubric.
Each match is rated plus or minus on a sliding scale between 1 and -1, with matches worth multiple rewatches worth 1, a just-quite-PPV quality match being 0, and things that make me reevaluate being a fan earning up to a -1 score. The higher the number, the better Bang For Your Buck on the PPV. We’ll (eventually) keep a running tally for each PPV, and a handy list of PPVs we review to give you (and us) a better idea of what we thought was worth the time to check out in terms of matches and PPVs. As for the scale, it’s not particularly complicated but here are the basic levels (on a per-match average):
Like last month’s, we’re going to be using what I said during the What’s the Worst That Could Happen preview to see how close I was to “predicting” what unfolded, and how it stacked up to my best hopes and worst fears. Enjoy!
Tag Team Turmoil No. 1 Contender’s Match
The Prime Time Players def. The Usos, Tons of Funk, The Real Americans and 3MB
What Nick Wants to Happen: PTPers manage to defeat the Real Americans, establishing two major teams in the division who can feud with each other while the Shield beat up more popular people, Real Americans screw over PTPers in title match.
This was perhaps the most obvious result of the night. For a free match, people got their money’s worth and then some. But, since it’s a free match, it won’t be included in our overall rating. It will also be one of two matches where we will double dip on predictions. You get three guesses on which matches. If you guess correctly, you win nothing.